Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kara Stowers

Kara Stowers

Office: C405 BNSN
Office Phone: 801-422-0835
Email: kstowers@chem.byu.edu
Office Hours

Education:

Post Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry (2012-2014)
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
Advisor: Professors Cynthia M. Friend and Robert J. Madix

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry (2006-2012)
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI 
Advisor: Professor Melanie S. Sanford

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (2002-2006)
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Research:

Stowers Group Research

The Stowers laboratory has research interests that span inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry in the aim of understanding and improving catalysts.

Using Carbon Dioxide as a Feedstock: We aim to find ways to manage and use Carbon Dioxide.

Inorganic Heterogeneous Catalysis:  We plan to synthesize new catalysts to activate Carbon Dioxide. We aim to use readily available transition metals such as Nickel and Iron. 

Organic Chemistry with Carbon Dioxide:  We aim to react carbon dioxide with other hydrocarbons to form carboxylic acid products such as acrylic acid, succinic acid and adipic acid. 

Physical Chemistry and Surface Science:  We aim to closely study new synthesized catalysts in ultra high vacuum to ultimately design new catalysts, optimize reactions, and improve catalyst efficiency.

Publications:

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS:

[1]Wang, L.C.; Stowers, K. J.;Zugic, B.; Baumer, M.; Biener, M.M.; Biener J.; Friend, C. M.; Madix, R. J. Methyl ester synthesis catalyzed by nanoporous gold: from 10-9 Torr to 1 atm Cat. Sci. Tech., 2015, 5, 1299-1306

[2]Stowers, K. J.; Madix, R. J.; Friend, C. M. From model studies on Au(1 1 1) to working conditions with unsupported nanoporous gold catalysts: Oxygen-assisted coupling reactions. J. Catal. 2013, 308, 131-141.

[3] Stowers, K. J.; Kubota, A.; Sanford, M. S. Nitrate as a redox co-catalyst for the aerobic Pd-catalyzed oxidation of unactivated sp3-C–H bonds. Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 3192-3195.

[4] Stowers, K. J.; Fortner, K. F.; Sanford, M. S. Aerobic Pd-Catalyzed sp3 C−H Olefination: A Route to Both N-Heterocyclic Scaffolds and Alkenes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 6541-6544.

[5] Stowers, K. J.; Sanford, M. S. Mechanistic Comparison Between Pd-Catalyzed Ligand Directed C–H Chlorination and C–H Acetoxylation. Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 4584-4587.

[6] Desai, L. V.; Stowers, K. J.; Sanford, M. S. Insights into Directing Group Ability in Palladium-
Catalyzed C–H Bond Functionalization. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 13285-13293.

[7] Balija, A. M.; Stowers, K. J.; Schultz, M. J.; Sigman, M. S. Pd(II)-Catalyzed Conversion of Styrene Derivatives to Acetals: Impact of (−)-Sparteine on Regioselectivity. Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 1121-1124.